CHICAGO (Feb. 8, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has appointed Dave van den Bergh as head coach of the Under-15 Boys’ National Team.
Van den Bergh will undertake double duty as he continues to be a Development Academy Technical Advisor, while heading the U-15’s. Previously, he has worked as an assistant coach for the U-20 MNT.
Originally from Amsterdam, van den Bergh has a polished soccer background. He played his youth career with Ajax before switching to play for Rayo Vallecano, helping the team get promoted to the Primera División, while also helping earn the clubs first UEFA Cup qualification.
Before traveling to the U.S., he spent most of this soccer career with Utrect in the Netherlands, leading his team to five consecutive UEFA Cup appearances. Once in the U.S. van den Bergh played for the Kansas City Wizards before being traded to the New York Red Bulls. In 2007, he led the Red Bulls with eight assists. The Red Bulls gained a berth in the 2008 MLS Cup after van den Bergh’s lone goal in the Western Conference Final against Real Salt Lake. He ended his professional career with FC Dallas in 2009 with 30 caps and three goals in his final season.
He represented the Netherlands in the 1995 FIFA U-20 World Cup and was capped twice with the senior team in 2004.